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Synplicity joins Xilinx ESL design group

Posted: 28 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DSP software? FPGA? ESL design?

Synplicity Inc., with its Synplify DSP software, has joined the Xilinx ESL Initiative that aims to make it easier for hardware designers and software programmers to leverage Xilinx programmable devices for their next-generation systems. ESL design is one of the fastest growing segments of the EDA market with an expected 50-percent CAGR over the next five years, according to market researcher Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA.

"We are very happy to join the Xilinx ESL Initiative," said Joe Gianelli, VP of business development at Synplicity. "During the past 18 months, this initiative has gone a long way in providing FPGA users with access to a comprehensive ESL design flow. We're glad to be part of the industry's transition to ESL design and pleased to be part of Xilinx's best-in-class tool ecosystem for advanced FPGA designers."

The Synplify DSP environment facilitates high-level modeling and hardware abstraction, constraint-driven algorithm synthesis into RTL and system-wide optimizations for performance, area and multi-channelization tradeoff exploration. It helps designers capture multirate DSP algorithms quickly and easily, perform architectural exploration across multiple devices and create algorithmic IP that is highly portable and re-usable. As a result, users can easily map their DSP algorithms into any Xilinx device. The Synplify DSP tool includes integration to Xilinx System Generator for DSP to allow blocks created using Synplify DSP software to be easily integrated with Xilinx IP, connected to Xilinx embedded processors and verified on Xilinx hardware boards using hardware co-simulation.

Synplify DSP software provides users of the MathWorks Simulink environment a highly optimized approach for the implementation of DSP algorithms into silicon. With M-Control fully integrated into the Synplify DSP library and the MathWorks Simulink environment, data type and sample rate inheritance and propagation is fully supported. M-Control features inline debugging for supporting breakpoints and stepping into the M code. These features greatly simplify the specification and verification of control functionality that is often integrated into DSP algorithms. With a comprehensive IP library of industry-standard functional blocks including FFTs, Viterbi decoders, DDS and CORDIC math functions, designers can rapidly create designs in application-specific domains.

"We are pleased to welcome Synplicity as one of our Xilinx ESL Initiative members," said Steve Lass, senior director software marketing at Xilinx. "Based on the growing popularity of the Simulink-based approach for DSP algorithm design and Synplify DSP's unique architectural exploration and advanced optimization, we are happy to include the first vendor independent SimuLink-based ESL synthesis flowSynplify DSP."

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